It's the news rally game fans have been waiting for: Codemasters have confirmed that DiRT Rally will be sliding onto PS4 and Xbox One consoles on April 5th 2016 following its successful release on Steam Early Access. A phsyical PC release will also be out on the same day.
Today also marks the full PC release as DiRT Rally steers out of Early Access into its final release on Steam.
The final build also includes a Winter Wonderland update containing a new snow stage set in the Varmland region of Sweden along with the Volkswagen Polo Rally (previously seen in the recently leaked cover art) and Hyundai Rally.
DiRT Rally has been largely haled as a return to form for Codemasters, going back to their rallying roots after the DiRT series went off course. DiRT Rally has contiually developed since its initial Steam Early Access release back in February, adding new content such as official WIA World Rallycross cars and tracks, the iconic Pikes Peak hillclimb and online multiplayer racing.
“The launch on Steam early access has been a resounding success. We want to thank the community for their valuable feedback and support which has guided our development for the past eight months, resulting in a 92% positive user score. We are now ready to launch the final version of the game on PC.” said Frank Sagnier, CEO Codemasters “Following this success on PC and a vocal demand from consumers, we are delighted to announce that Dirt Rally will be available on consoles on April 5th 2016."
It's an interesting time for rally game fans, as DiRT Rally's console release will certainly put a spanner in the works. Recent years have been lacking in new rally game releases, but this year saw the comeback of the WRC game series with WRC 5 from newcomers Kylotonn Games.
Meanwhile, Milestone are busy gearing up Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO for release in January next year (expect some in-depth preview coverage coming very soon) less than three months before DiRT Rally skids onto PS4 and Xbox One. Since Milestone are billing Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO to be a rally simulation, it will be interesting to see how it compares with DiRT Rally – particularly as it has similar content with faithfully recreated stages, a host of classic and contemporary rally cars and rallycross modes.
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